My Top Articles

Peep what I write, create, do shit.

Here are some articles I have written that are Black AF, plus size AF and queer AF. a.k.a ME, fam!

Been gone. Here’s why

I just have a few words

Where I’ve been

The scoop on Fenty Beauty Skin Tint

Complexion really is her thing. 

I tried the new Fenty Beauty Skin Tint — Here are my honest thoughts

The women behind Black Girl Podcast on attraction, self-love and body positivity

The ladies talk being your best self with Bonnets and Durags podcast host Simone Arrington. 

The women behind Black Girl Podcast on attraction, self-love and body positivity

Shop My Instagram

Want to know where I get all my looks? Well the secrets are out

Shop My Instagram

I’ve spent over $400 replacing all of my old underwear with this sustainable panty brand

And I regret nothing

I’ve spent over $400 replacing all of my old underwear with this sustainable panty brand

all of the Black Friday buys that were totally worth it

Take a look at everything that I bought on Black Friday and that you need to go snag for yourself too

All of the Black Friday buys that were totally worth it

8 Gifts fot the Y2K Baby

2000s aesthetics are making a return, so snag any of these 2000s gifts to make the Y2K lover in your life feel seen this holiday season.

8 Gifts fot the Y2K Baby

Editor Picks: Black-Owned Beauty Products On Sale For Black Friday

Peep all of my favorites that are on sale just for today and are Black owned of course 🙇🏾‍♀️

Editor Picks: 12 Black-Owned Beauty Products On Sale For Black Friday

Plus size-friendly Black Friday deals that are so worth it

Here are just some of my favorite brands that most body types can shop from and are all doing wild sales right now !

Plus size-friendly Black Friday deals that are so worth it

THE FAT GIRL GUIDE TO A DOPE-ASS, GUILT-FREE THANKSGIVING

I said what I said

THE FAT GIRL GUIDE TO A DOPE-ASS, GUILT-FREE THANKSGIVING

Things I’m loving this month: October edition

Because the world sucks and these things don’t right now

Things I’m loving this month: October edition

Lizzo inspired my 'Bride of Chucky' look for Halloween

For my Halloween costume (in quarantine), I was inspired by one '90s body and one of today’s icons in music and fashion.

Lizzo inspired my 'Bride of Chucky' look for Halloween

The Body Brat: Where TF did all the Black hands go

You might not realize it with all the fake inclusion going around, but Black hands in product photography is as scarce as Black people in, well, anything.

Where TF did all the Black hands go

The Body Brat: To get through my period, I just wear these two products and my favorite undies

Here’s what I use to get through my Crimson wave 🩸🩸🩸

To get through my period, I just wear these two products and my favorite undies

The Body Brat: I dyed my hair red in the pandemic and as a Black woman, it’s freeing AF

No regrets!!

I dyed my hair red in the pandemic

Beyoncé’s hairstylist discusses “Black is King,” the hairspiration” and those 30-foot braids

I got to interview Kim Kimble who was behind do you looks from spirit as well as that 30-foot long braided (wait for it) wig!

Beyoncé’s hairstylist on Black is King

Black owned bag brands

Telfar is not the only black owned handbag brand, people. You can buy 2 maybe even five from these smaller Black owned handbag brands 

Black owned bag brands other than Telfar

Wing’n It Video: WLDKAT CBD Skincare Review

I tried this sustainable CBD skincare brand. Sooooo yeah. Here's what I think.

Review of WLDKAT Skincare

The Body Brat:Review of Pattern Beauty’s styling products

Y’all asked for a review, I am here to deliver.

I tried Pattern Beauty’s styling products on my type 4 hair. Now, my thoughts

The Body Brat: 14 small Black-owned fashion businesses to support

🗣Don’t forget to shop small today and everyday!!!

14 small Black-owned businesses to shop

Saweetie’s B.A.P. AF nails

The nail salons are opening back up, so here’s some Saweetie nail inspo for your next appointment because you know there’s gonna be a line, sis 🥰

Just a bunch of photos of Saweetie’s B.A.P. AF nails To inspire your next nail appointment

The Body Brat: These Ugg slipper dupes are way cheaper than the real things

Don’t shoot the messenger, but these cute sliders are under $25 right now

These slipper dupes are under $25 right now

The Body Brat: Review of the Tabria Majors x Fashion to Figure line

Welp, here are my final thoughts on this swimsuit line from this highly necessary collaboration. 

Why the Tabria Majors Line is the only plus size line I care about

The Body Brat: 10 Under $10 Chic KISS Press-On Nails

Salons aren't open yet, so here ya go :-)

10 UNDER $10 CHIC KISS PRESS-ON NAILS

The Body Brat: You Can Shop Lizzo’s Snake Print One-Piece That She Twerked In — And It’s Under $50

Did you see Lizzo twerk in that one piece though? Here’s where you can buy it for yourself

Where To Shop Lizzo’s Snake Print Swimsuit

Black lives matter, but not to these folks

The fourth day in July is one that I don’t acknowledge. Here’s why.  is

Black lives matter, but not to these folks

In The Know: Tabria Majors’ Swimsuit Collection is Sexy Liberation for Plus Size People

I interviewed Tabria Majors on her Fashion to Figure swimsuit Collection and what it means for Black creators and plus size people

Tabria Majors’ Swimsuit Collection is Sexy Liberation for Plus Size People

These are the outfits 10 queer people wish they were wearing to Pride

By Katie Dupere

These are the outfits 10 queer people wish they were wearing to Pride

The Body Brat: Happy Pride! My “coming out” story

Here’s why “coming out” is a myth, per my experience

Why you’ll spend your life “coming out”

In The Know: All the Black-owned merch to send to your friend to celebrate Black joy

Here’s a list of merch items (by Black-owned brands) to help you or your loved one celebrate Black joy.

All the Black-owned merch to send to your friend to celebrate Black joy

In The Know: 14 Black-owned Beauty and wellness brands you can support today and every day

From the first Black-owned toothbrush brand to Black-owned nail polish collections, there are a lot of brands you’re missing out on

14 Black-owned Beauty and wellness brands you can support today and every day

About Ari

Fashion, Beauty & Culture Writer

Ari Bines is a Bronx-bred model and editor who specializes in fashion, beauty, and pop culture-related content. Being a Black, queer, and plus size Gen-Zennial, she tailors her content to include those who are often left unheard among the masses.

Her blog, TheBodyBrat.com started as a college project and is what she calls a guide to the fat girl lifestyle. Not only does she discuss the politics of sizism in pop culture, but she also offers helpful style guides and beauty tips for fat women and women of color. Now, after garnering over 1,000 subscribers on her blog and over 4.4K Instagram followers, Bines works in the media industry as a writer, model, and influencer.

Currently, she writes for the Gen Z and Millennial site In The Know while also contributing takes and style news to The Curvy Fashionista. Bines‘ work has also appeared in Okayplayer and Style Bistro. Plus, Bines has been featured in multiple publications including Revelist, Refinery29, Narcity, HelloGiggles, Blavity, Manrepeller, The Cut, InStyle.com, Allure, The Tylt, and Second Sight NYC Campaigns .

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